Kemp told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that it was “totally unacceptable” to find caches of thousands of uncounted ballots in several counties during a manual recount after the preliminary results.
After manual recount, President Trump He received 888 votes, which reduced Biden’s lead slightly to 12,670 votes.
Kemp, who faced the anger of Trump and other Republicans over the process and his decision to endorse the results, said he understood Trump’s frustration.
“He’s a fighter,” Kemp said. “But at the end of the day, I have to follow the laws of this state’s constitution and that’s exactly what I’m doing.”
The governor told The Journal-Constitution that he is legally bound by state law to validate the findings that Secretary of State Brad Ravensburger submitted after the recount.
Now that the results are validated, the Trump campaign 2020 He said that he has until Tuesday to request another recount, because the vote is within half a percent. The recount will be paid by the state.
He said, “I would say I’m formalizing the certification.” Now that Secretary Ravensburger is certified, he’s unlocking the Trump campaign’s ability to request a recount. If something happens, I’m still part of the process. So my opinion on all this is: I follow the law and the rules. “
Kemp said that he was also frustrated by the issues that occurred during the process.
“But because I was part of the operation, I had to be more careful,” he told the newspaper. “I must make sure that I maintain a strong legal basis for the official duties of the governor.”
Kemp also asked Ravensburger to perform a sample audit to compare the voter signatures on the ballot papers by mail, but the Secretary of State said this is impossible at this point because the ballot papers are separate from the external security envelope during the counting process, according to CBS News.
Both officials suggested adding the voter ID requirement to mail ballots in the future.
“I will be open to working with both bodies in the House and Senate, and with the Deputy Governor and Speaker of Parliament, in addition to that,” Kemp told the newspaper. Constitution Journal. “Georgians deserve a process in which the integrity of the vote is not an issue – and it certainly is on many people’s minds. This is part of the issue of what is happening now.”
When asked what he would say to Trump supporters frustrated by his actions, he said, “First and foremost, I will tell them that I follow the law. This is what I told them I will do when I swear the oath. I feel frustrated with the outcome, but we have to focus on the firewall in the US Senate and vote for the senator. David Purdue and Kelly Loeffler to return to Washington to halt the harsh measures that Democrats have taken over the years.